Summer break is officially in full swing here, and we’ve got the hot temps in California to prove it. How else do I know school is out? Well, the presence of my two munchkins at home all day long is a good indication as well.
Since mid-June, I’ve set aside my author hat and replaced it with various other ones in my collection. These are some of the other hats I’m currently wearing: the chauffeur hat, the kiddie entertainer hat, the quick meal-maker hat (yay for frozen foods!), and the sibling rivalry referee hat. To my pleasant surprise, I’ve also managed to add in a crafty hat to the mix. I had many hobbies, ranging from scrapbooking to jewelry-making, before I became a mom and an author, so it’s been fun letting my artsy side loose again. Here are a few of the projects my kids and I have worked on this summer:
While I don’t have as much time to wear my author hat during the day, I don it every night after my family goes to bed. I’m currently working on revamping my very first Christian contemporary romance series for a relaunch, as well as getting ready to release book 2 in The Spark Brothers series. Speaking of the Spark brothers, I recently decided to redo the covers for this series, too. Even though I enjoy doing artsy things, I think I’m better at creating stories, not cover images, so I found a professional to do them. Here are the new and improved covers for A Single Spark and A Sudden Spark (coming this month)!
Now that I’ve shared about some of the hats I wear, I’d like to hear about yours. Please tell me in the comments below!
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Margaret Nelson says
Let’s see… I’m a wife, a cat servant (we have 2), a niece (my 93 year old aunt lives across the driveway from us), the registrar for our church’s summer family camp and fall seniors retreat, and I like to send out birthday cards to family and friends.
Hi Margaret! A cat servant—I love that! ;) We have lots (over a dozen) stray cats in our neighborhood that everyone feeds, so I suppose we are cat servants, too. Thanks for commenting!
I wear similar ones, though not the author hat. I’ve been wearing a work hat, a chauffeur hat, a swim team mom hat (though I’ve hung this one up for the season yesterday), a kid entertainer hat, and a referee hat. Oh, and my reader hat. Can’t forget that one.
Hi MJSH! Those do sound similar! I also forgot my reader hat (probably because there’s just not enough time to read these days). Thanks for commenting!
Hi Liwen, those frozen goodies look great- is it yoghurt and berries? I am not particularly creative sewing/craft wise, so admire those who are:)
Hmm, I wear a wife hat, a mum hat (referee, cook, cleaner, chauffeur, counsellor etc.) teacher hat, listener, daughter, sister, friend…. God has blessed me with a beautiful family and friends, it is great to reflect on the roles He gives:)
Hi Wemble! Hmm, do you mean the first photo? Those are actually black and white brownies. :) The second photo is of sugar cookies with sprinkles. I like it that you listed counsellor, teacher, and listener hats. Those are definitely important roles. Thanks for commenting!
Hi Liwen! What a delightful entertaining blog. Even as a retiree I wear many hats. I wear the wife hat, the senior dog care hat, the grandkid day care hat (which includes story reader, entertainer, favorite meal prep, snack provider), the mom hat, the reader hat, and reviewer hat. Blessed to finally receive some rain in Michigan with cooler temperatures. Enjoy the summer. Kids will be back to school soon.
Hi Renate! Those are some great hats you wear, especially the story reader one. I remember those days well. :) Yay for cooler temps! Thanks for commenting!
Book reviewer, mom, wife, friend
Hi Michelle! Yay for book reviewers! I know that’s one hat authors are so appreciative of. Thanks for commenting!
Paula Marie says
I love your hats! It reminded me of when my boss introduced me at a Christmas party one year. He had saved me for last and then said “okay, now I want you all to meet a woman who wears many hats…she is our customer service manager, my administrative assistant, head of shipping and receiving, travel coordinator, accounts payable and receiving person, director of collections….and we’ll, the list goes on and on”
Lol, 15 years later and I am still there… wearing the same hats, but I now have my own assistant!!
Hi Paula! Whoa baby, those are a lot of hats for one person! So glad you have your own assistant now. :) Thanks for commenting!
kim hansen says
Hi Kim! Thank you so much! I love them, too. :) Thanks for commenting!
Jackie Smith says
Fun question….and love your covers! Wife, Mom, Grandma, Friend HAT!
Hi Jackie! Thanks so much. I’m thrilled with the covers, too. :) Thanks for commenting!
Oooh those brownies though!!
I’m interested in who you used for your covers? I’m always wondering who does book covers.
I’m a “hobby” rancher, for 15 years now. I’m a shepherdess to Swedish Gotland Sheep, Miniature Nubian Dairy Goats, make cheese and soap with the milk, I’m a mother of several children, only left at home now- a special needs little darling, Mimi to one curly mop, and the “mother” of more pets than I could name here. I love living in the country, writing, reading, and snapping photos. I review books, and I’m the wife of a very handsome paramedic with huge biceps- fodder for plenty of horoes for novels :)
Hi thequeenofquitealot! What a fun profile name. :) My cover designer is Victorine Lieske (http://victorinelieske.com/); she’s easy to work with and does a wonderful job.
I enjoyed reading about all of your unique hats! I also hopped over to your blog (what a nice one it is!) and saw the photo of your hubby’s biceps. You weren’t kidding about them being huge! ;)
Thanks so much for commenting!
Valerie Comer says
So many hats!
Year round, I wear the wife/mom/grandma hat, the chief-cook-and-bottle-washer hat, the cat/dog servant hat, and a few others besides the all-things-author hat.
In summer, I also add the gardener hat, the camping prepper hat, and the food-preserver hat. The camping prepper hat is on a lot right now as I prepare for five days of camping with the grandgirls (ages 8, 6, 6) (and without their parents!) in early August.
Last year we started what we hope will be a continuing tradition, taking the girls camping with my husband’s family, which means a whole lot of second cousins and even a third cousin. I expect there to be 11 kids (ages 9, 8, 4×6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1… 9 of them girls) so we all plan some activities for all/most of them as they travel around the campsite in packs.
Guess I’d better take off my blog-reader hat and don my author hat, so I have time to wear the camping-prepper hat later today!
Hi Valerie! Oh wow, that’s quite a lot of hats! I admire the outdoorsy hats you wear; I’m not much of a gardener or camper. I hope you have lots of fun with your family this summer!
Teri DiVincenzo says
I’ve replaced a lot of hats lately! I wear a mom hat, a wife hat, the daughter/sister/aunt hat, and also a friend hat (rather my favorite). My youngest daughter graduated, so I know longer have to wear the chauffeur hat, but do occasionally don the referee hat! I also have a Hearties hat, which I use when planning or attending gatherings of my fan group for When Calls the Heart!
Hi Teri! Congrats on retiring your chauffeur hat. ;) Thanks for commenting!
Paula. Shreckhise says
I am retired. I read, review books, craft. I have a hubby and four children, eight grandkids. I help lead ladies Bible Study and sing in a small Church choir.
Hi Paula! It sounds like you have time to do the things you love. :) Thanks for commenting!
Kimberly Rose Johnson says
Hmm… Mom, wife, friend, sister, writer, reader, cook, housekeeper, dog walker… Now that my boys are grown I find they call for recipes, and to simply talk, which I find very enjoyable.
Hi Kimberly! I love how your boys call you up just to talk. :) I look forward to that one day. Thanks for commenting!
Faith Hope & Cherrytea says
Loved hearing about your many ‘hats’ Liwen – seems a common requirement of our lives.
Some of my ‘hats’?
NaNa, Little Free Library steward, Advocate for elderly, Spiritual Director, blogger, voracious reader,quality control tester for any baker’s samples …
and I’ll stop there as I have to do some more sampling !!
Thanks for hosting and posting ;)
Hi Faith Hope & Cherrytea! It’s good to bump into you again. :) Oh, the sampling hat sounds yummy! Thanks for commenting!
Walter Daniels says
It’s good that you don’t forget the “mom” hat. :-) All too soon they’ll be gone. THAT is a real “separation anxiety.”
(Daughters of my heart are 21 and 22, adopted Granddaughter is 20.)
Hi Walter! Thanks for the reminder that the days are long, but the years are short. I will do my best to enjoy every moment. Thanks for commenting!
My life is pretty simple, I am a wife but not a mother… The big hat that is rather new is that of small business owner!
Hi Patty! Wow, a small business owner! That takes guts and determination. All the best to you as you embark on this journey. Thanks for commenting!
Shannon Taylor Vannatter says
I like your hats, Liwen. I wear mom, pastor’s wife, cook, crafty, and author hats. My author hat only comes out after the family goes to bed in the summer too.
Hi Shannon! Good to know another author who’s also a night owl. :) Thanks for commenting!
Candi F says
Ohh, those black and white brownies look so delicious! Can you share the recipe? ;)
I wear some different hats, but my favorite hat is my aunt Candi hat! Last spring break I had a sewing camp for a niece and two nephews who stayed with us when their parents went on a trip. So fun to get to spend more time with them! I also enjoy the summers when I get to take my in town nieces on nephew on Aunt Candi dates and we go to library events or do something together that they choose like working on a sewing project or building rockets or playing board games. Just investing time in them and letting them know they are special and loved.
Hi Candi! Actually, my secret recipe is that I used a mix. ;) I got this one (https://www.scratchandgrain.com/products/cheesecake-brownie-kit) that is very kid-friendly. You can probably find it for less at a store (I got mine at Target).
I love your aunt Candi hat! You are making such a lasting impression on your nieces and nephews. I still remember my aunt teaching me how to ride a bike over 30 years ago. Thanks for commenting!
Michele C. says
I love those cute projects! Looks like you’re teaching arts and crafts in the summer too. :D I seem to be the airport shuttle driver for my husband during this season. And I’m an art-supply collector on the side. ;) ha ha.
Hi Michele! :) Don’t forget artist! ;) Thanks for reading and commenting!